By Beth Hillyer
(KHNL) - Powerful waves pounded the North Shore of Oahu on Thursday.
Civil Defense officials manned several popular North Shore beaches through the night.
They, along with residents, were on high alert as the biggest swell of the season came crashing down.
KHNL spoke with officials at Oahu Civil Defense and they anticipated the swell to peak about midnight Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the waves created traffic jams and perfect photos.
Commuter and visitors alike got caught in a wave of traffic.
Some took in the sunset while others tried to snap shots of the surf.
Terry Marshall from Portland, Oregon, brought his family out to see what Mother Nature can dish out.
"Well we heard the waves were gonna be big today so we want to come check them out never seen them this big," Marshall said. "We live near coast in Oregon, seen big waves there too but these break further out here and really come in hard and white."
Not a safe day to wiggle your toes in the water. Beautiful, yet dangerous.
Civil Defense officials will be manning select sites along the North Shore throughout the entire night making sure this dangerous surf doesn't cause any road hazards.
Spectators will be gone before the waves potentially cross the highway.
They simply want to savor the sizable surf.
Juan Rocha and his family are originally from Del Rio, Texas.
"This is awesome. A once in a lifetime experience," Rocha said. "Never really experienced anything like this. Been here two years but this is first time ever witnessed this before. You look at it kinda go 'whoa.'"
A far cry from Del Rio, Texas.
"No not quite like this. There is a lake in Texas, not ocean at all. This is quite an experience for me and my family," he said.